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Istanbul: Metropolitan municipality in Marmara, Turkey
Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium, Constantinople, and New Rome, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosporus strait between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives in suburbs on the Asian side of the Bosporus. With a total population of around 15 million residents in its metropolitan area, Istanbul is one of the world's most populous cities, ranking as the world's fourth largest city proper and the largest European city. The city is the administrative center of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.


Turkey removed more than 6,000 Syrians from Istanbul: governor's office

Turkey has sent more than 6,000 Syrian migrants in Istanbul to temporary housing centers in other provinces since early July, the local governor's office said on Friday, two weeks after a deadline for..
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Istanbul mayor seeks to bond with investors on London charm offensive

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, a political opponent of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, said on Thursday he was on a mission in London to allay investor concerns over negative headlines about Turkey..
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Videos for Istanbul

British founder of Syria's White Helmets found dead in Istanbul [Video]British founder of Syria's White Helmets found dead in Istanbul

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:59Published

Briton who helped found White Helmets organisation found dead in Istanbul [Video]Briton who helped found White Helmets organisation found dead in Istanbul

A former British army officer who helped found the White Helmets volunteer organisation in Syria has been found dead in Istanbul, Turkish officials said. James Le Mesurier’s body was found near his..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:30Published

Syria White Helmets backer found dead in Istanbul [Video]Syria White Helmets backer found dead in Istanbul

James Le Mesurier, the former British army officer and founder of an NGO that trains the Syria Civil Defense group, has been found dead outside his home in Istanbul. Meanwhile, Turkey is moving forward..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:52Published

Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia [Video]Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

Two former employees of Twitter and a third man from Saudi Arabia face U.S. charges of spying for the kingdom by digging up private user data and giving it to Saudi officials in exchange for payment,..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:33Published

Zidane distracted by speculation about Real Madrid future [Video]Zidane distracted by speculation about Real Madrid future

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admits the pressure is on after poor results at home and on the continent as Real look to bounce back against Galatasaray.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:50Published

Trump defends major policy shift in Syria [Video]Trump defends major policy shift in Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw American forces from northeastern Syria which critics say has effectively opened the door for a Turkish incursion. Havovi Cooper reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:10Published

Paris St Germain gear up to take on Galatasaray [Video]Paris St Germain gear up to take on Galatasaray

Paris St Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel is eager for his side to replicate their winning performance against Real Madrid in their upcoming match against Galatasaray

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:56Published

Earthquake shakes Turkey's Istanbul, no reports of casualties [Video]Earthquake shakes Turkey's Istanbul, no reports of casualties

Witnesses felt buildings shake in the city during the quake and said some offices and schools were temporarily evacuated. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:03Published

440 heels commemorate Turkey's murdered women [Video]440 heels commemorate Turkey's murdered women

Four hundred and forty pairs of high heel shoes hung on the walls of a building in central Istanbul to raise awareness of domestic violence. The art installation created by Turkish artist Vahit Tuna..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

St Petersburg, Munich and Wembley to host Champions League finals [Video]St Petersburg, Munich and Wembley to host Champions League finals

St. Petersburg, Munich and Wembley Stadium in London will host the three Champions League finals from 2021, European football's governing body UEFA said on Tuesday

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:28Published

High heels hung in Turkey to raise awareness about domestic violence [Video]High heels hung in Turkey to raise awareness about domestic violence

Four hundred and forty pairs of high heel shoes hung on the walls of a building in central Istanbul to raise awareness against domestic violence

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:40Published

'No Planet B': Millions take to streets in global climate strike [Video]'No Planet B': Millions take to streets in global climate strike

From New York to Istanbul, young activists abandon school to demand immediate action on climate change.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:37Published


Istanbul in talks for metro funding as new mayor visits London: sources

Istanbul is in talks to borrow in international markets to finance ongoing rail projects, two bankers with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday, as the city's new mayor kicked off meetings..
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Turkish police arrest journalist Altan a week after his release

Turkish police detained prominent journalist and author Ahmet Altan late on Tuesday, a week after he was released from prison in his retrial on coup-related charges, Istanbul police said.
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Behind Trump-Erdogan 'bromance,' a White House meeting to repair U.S.-Turkey ties

At the 2012 opening of Trump Towers in Istanbul, real estate mogul Donald Trump sang the praises of Tayyip Erdogan, telling a mostly Turkish audience that their leader, prime minister at the time, was..
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Key backer of Syrian 'White Helmets' found dead in Istanbul

The British founder of an organisation that trained the Syrian "White Helmets" emergency response group has died in Istanbul, three people with knowledge of his death said on Monday.
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Turkey says it informed Damascus of its Syria offensive

Turkey sent a diplomatic note to Syria's consulate in Istanbul to inform Damascus about its cross-border operation into northeast Syria, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday shortly..
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Turkey's Erdogan says some of Khashoggi's killers enjoy 'impunity'

President Tayyip Erdogan insisted on Monday that Turkey will keep pushing for the truth behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year, saying some of his..
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Moderate quake shakes Istanbul, eight people slightly hurt

A moderate 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook buildings and damaged two mosques in Istanbul on Thursday, slightly injuring eight people and causing residents to rush from buildings.
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Quake shakes Turkey's Istanbul, no reports of casualties

A 5.7 magnitude quake shook buildings and damaged a mosque in Istanbul on Thursday, sending some residents rushing from buildings though there were no immediate reports of casualties.
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Earthquake with 5.7 magnitude shakes Turkey's Istanbul -observatory

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 shook Turkey's largest city Istanbul on Thursday, the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute said.
Reuters - Published

Istanbul, Ankara mayors not at risk of being replaced, interior minister says

Turkey's government has no plan to replace the opposition mayors of Istanbul and Ankara with state-appointed trustees, as was done to three Kurdish mayors in the country's east last month, Interior..
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Istanbul mayor believes higher court will reverse main opposition ruling

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said on Friday he believed a court ruling sentencing the main opposition's Istanbul chairwoman to nearly 10 years in prison would be reversed by higher courts, adding that..
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Turkey plans to build mosque on site of Istanbul's first beer factory

Turkey's first modern beer factory could face demolition after being transferred to the country's highest religious authority, which plans to build a mosque and a car park in its place, architects and..
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Turkish minister threatens Istanbul mayor over ousted Kurdish mayors

Turkey's interior minister on Tuesday threatened "to devastate" the mayor of Istanbul over his support for three Kurdish mayors who were replaced by state officials over alleged terror links less than..
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Istanbul's new opposition mayor cuts funding to some pro-government groups

Istanbul's new opposition municipality canceled the transfer of more than 350 million lira to some pro-government foundations, Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said on Tuesday, in one of his first moves against..
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Syrians facing forced removal from Istanbul given temporary reprieve

Turkey has extended to Oct. 30 its deadline for Syrian migrants not registered in Istanbul to leave the city or face forced removal, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Tuesday.
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As mood sours, Syrians report forced deportations from Turkey

When Syrian real estate worker Abu Ahmad was stopped by police in Istanbul he expected a ritual ticking-off for his expired documents, before being allowed on his way. Instead he says he was bundled..
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Halkbank executive returns to Turkey after serving U.S. sentence

A Turkish bank executive who served a 32-month jail sentence in New York for helping evade U.S. sanctions against Iran returned to Istanbul on Wednesday where he was met by his family, bank chief..
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Istanbul gives Syrians one month to return to provinces in which they are registered

Authorities in Istanbul set a four-week deadline on Monday for Syrians living without approval in Turkey's largest city to return to provinces where they are registered or face forced removal to those..
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Turkey seizes $271 million in counterfeit U.S. currency: newspaper

Turkish authorities confiscated about $271 million in fake U.S. $100 banknotes in a raid on an Istanbul printing press - the country's biggest counterfeit currency seizure in recent years, Hurriyet..
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Turkish court acquits RSF representative, two others

An Istanbul court on Wednesday acquitted the Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) as well as two other campaigners for press freedom on trial for terrorism charges, their lawyers..
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'They want to kill you': Anger at Syrians erupts in Istanbul

At 2 am one Saturday night, Syrian brothers Mustafa and Ahmed were at home hunched over a screen watching live black and white security camera footage of men destroying their clothes shop.
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Turkey orders arrest of 176 military personnel over suspected Gulen links

Turkey has ordered the arrest of 176 serving military personnel over suspected links to the network which Ankara says was behind an attempted coup three years ago, the Istanbul chief prosecutors'..
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Istanbul's LGBT community holds small rally after march banned

Istanbul's gay and transgender community gathered for a small rally that ended with tear gas and rubber bullets on Sunday after their annual march was banned for the fifth consecutive year.
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Former Turkish PM Davutoglu slams Erdogan's AKP after Istanbul defeat

A former Turkish prime minister and close ally of President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday harshly criticized the ruling AK Party after a stinging electoral defeat in Istanbul last week that was widely..
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Istanbul's new mayor formally takes office: witness

Istanbul's new mayor Ekrem Imamoglu formally took office on Thursday, a Reuters witness said, days after dealing President Tayyip Erdogan a stinging electoral blow in the re-run of a mayoral election..
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Former allies of Turkey's Erdogan plan rival party after Istanbul defeat

Two senior figures in Turkish President’s Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party are planning to launch a rival political group this year, people familiar with the matter said, a move that could further erode..
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New Istanbul mayor a catalyst for change in old Erdogan stronghold

Through his 16 years in power, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has been able to rely on the pious electorate of Istanbul's Eyup district, where for centuries Ottoman sultans received their ceremonial..
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New Istanbul mayor's star power could be a challenge for Erdogan

Istanbul's new mayor now shoulders the expectations of Turkey's long-subdued opposition after he emerged from obscurity to deal President Tayyip Erdogan the biggest election blow of his career.
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Turkey's opposition strikes blow to Erdogan with Istanbul mayoral win

Turkey's opposition has dealt President Tayyip Erdogan a stinging blow by winning control of Istanbul in a re-run mayoral election, breaking his aura of invincibility and delivering a message from..
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Blow to Turkey's Erdogan as opposition wins big in Istanbul

Turkey's main opposition claimed a decisive victory on Sunday in Istanbul's re-run election, dealing one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan during his 16 years in power and promising a..
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Turkey's opposition headed for big Istanbul win, in blow to Erdogan

Turkey's main opposition headed for a decisive victory on Sunday in Istanbul's re-run election, dealing one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan during his 16 years in power and promising a..
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Turkey's Erdogan congratulates opposition candidate for Istanbul win

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan congratulated opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu on Sunday for winning Istanbul's re-run mayoral election according to unofficial results.
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Opposition leads in Istanbul vote seen as test for Erdogan

Turkey's main opposition appeared headed for victory on Sunday in a re-run of Istanbul's mayoral election, dealing one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan during his 16 years in power.
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Turkey's AK Party candidate says opposition leading Istanbul vote count

Turkey's AK Party candidate for Istanbul mayor Binali Yildirim said on Sunday his opposition rival Ekrem Imamoglu was ahead for now, offering his congratulations and saying he hoped Imamoglu would..
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Turkey's opposition leads based on initial results in Istanbul re-run

Turkey's main opposition was leading with 53.6% of votes versus 45.4% for President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party in Istanbul's high-stakes re-run mayoral election, with nearly 95% of the city's ballots..
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Istanbul votes again in test for Turkish democracy, Erdogan

The votes of millions of Istanbul residents were being counted on Sunday after polls closed on a re-run of a mayoral election that has become a referendum on President Tayyip Erdogan's policies, and a..
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Traffic gridlock as Turks rush back to Istanbul to vote in high-stakes poll

A re-run of Istanbul's high-stakes mayoral election has kept Turkish airports, bus stations and main highways jam-packed over the weekend, as voters rush back to the city from vacation or their..
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SBS World News Bulletin: June 23

SBS News wraps-up all the national and international news including: Trump's fresh warning about sanctions against Iran, netball great Liz Ellis steps into Folau row and Istanbul returns to the ballot..
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Pro-Kurd party clashes with Erdogan ahead of high-stakes Istanbul vote

Pro-Kurdish political leaders accused Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday of trying to sow discord among Kurds ahead of a re-run of an Istanbul election on Sunday that is seen as a crucial test..
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Erdogan's chief antagonist seeks a lasting victory in Istanbul

Three months ago Ekrem Imamoglu was a little-known politician in a fringe Istanbul district who was attempting the near-impossible: to unseat Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party from..
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Pro-Kurdish party says Ocalan's call does not change strategy in Istanbul

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said on Friday its strategy of supporting the opposition in the Istanbul mayoral election has not changed despite a last-minute call from jailed militant..
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Jailed militant leader tells Kurdish party to be neutral in Istanbul vote

Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called on the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) to remain neutral in this weekend's Istanbul re-run election in a statement released on Friday..
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Turkey’s Erdogan's struggles to court Kurds in battle for Istanbul

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party is struggling to win over Istanbul’s Kurdish voters, a group it considers a key constituency in the electoral battle for control of Istanbul, despite..
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Explainer: What is at stake in Istanbul's election re-run?

Voters in Istanbul will head back to the polls on Sunday to choose a mayor, after Turkey's election authority scrapped the results of a March vote in which President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party..
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Erdogan says opposition candidate's alleged insult could bar him from Istanbul mayoralty

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan intensified pressure on the opposition candidate in a re-run election for mayor of Istanbul by saying he would be barred from taking office if found guilty of insulting..
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